Leo Hu OPAL Award jury Member

Hu Zhile

WJ Studio / Founding Partner& Design Director

Graduated from the China Academy of Art in 2003, he has nearly 20 years’ experience in design and project management. Hu Zhile has experience working for PROSHIMA in Japan. As the design director and project manager of GOA, he cooperated with the Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano ’s first project in Mainland China, served as the technical manager.

In 2014, he founded the WJ Studio and established a sustainable design approach to the built environment. As a energetic and passionate team, by the leadership of its founding partner Hu Zhile, has won many international design awards including Berlin Design Awards (2021), Outstanding Property Award London(2020) German Design Award (2020, 2017) AD100 (2019,2017) WAF/INSIDE (2019, 2018, 2017) ICONIC (2019) Hong Kong A&D Trophy (2018), Good Design (2018), etc.

Hu believes that design is a way of thinking. He concentrates on not only the continuity and creative thinking of the interior/exterior space design but also the expression of design – form has a deeper meaning and design needs to confront the nature of spatial intent. Starting from the architecture, context, and core elements of product, Hu is adept at creating space that are extended in time.

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